Sunday, December 13, 2015
Music on Glass Harp and Glass Armonica
Wasn't that beautiful? There's another instrument, called a glass armonica, that creates a sound like this. Our family learned about glass armonicas when we visited Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, a dozen or so years ago. We were surprised to learn that such beautiful music could be created from glass and moist fingers. It was ethereal.
Benjamin Franklin created the glass armonica by arranging glasses of graduated sizes on a horizontal spindle. Using foot-power to spin the armonica and moist fingertips to touch the rims of the glasses as they spun, he was able to play music. Genius! Below is, again, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" played by William Zeitler, this time on the armonica.
I hope you have a restful Sunday.